Indian Summer on the Island

Five of us spent two nights on the island, managing to time our trip to coincide with last week’s spell of sunshine. With no urgent tasks we took it easy and made the most of the fine weather.  As high tide fell very early in the morning and in the evening we had a leisurely […]

Summer on the island

After a much longer than expected gap I got back to the island last weekend. Having had a good run of visits over the winter and spring I had planned to keep the momentum going through the summer but life got in the way.  However with four nights to spend on the island I was […]

Ireland’s Longest Beach

 With over 4000km of coastline Ireland’s has no shortage of beaches from sheltered coves to vast, windswept strands. Naturally the question arises of which is Ireland’s longest beach? A quick google returns a wide variety of answers from the plausible to the ridiculous. TripAdvisor in particular seems to throw up some silly results, Inch […]

Bikepacking Kerry, Ireland

After spending over 18 months researching, photographing and cycling over 100 routes for my guidebook, Cycling in Ireland, one route stands out above all the others. Called the Tour of Iveragh, it’s a 207km loop around the coast and mountains of Iveragh, the middle of the three peninsulas that jut out into the Atlantic from […]

Wild Dublin

Just put together this map of Dublin’s wild places: rivers, stream, fields, parks, farms, forest, beaches, wetlands and uplands. Everything man-made has been removed, with the exception of the canals, piers and docks. The contours give a feel for the terrain that is lost when it’s covered in buildings. They make you realise how close […]

The Island – March trip

Last weekend I got over to the island on Friday afternoon and left on Sunday morning after getting plenty of work done. As the island is surrounded by very shallow water there is no deep water access. At all but the highest low tides the island is completely surrounded by some the stickiest mud you […]

Heading to the island in the morning

For years I kept a regular blog back in the pre-social media days. I found it a good way of crystallising things and it also served as a good reminder of what I’ve been up to. So I’m going to try and resurrect my blogging habit. I’m going to use my ‘work’ site as it’s […]

3rd edition of Bouldering in Ireland

The 2nd edition of Bouldering in Ireland has been out of print for a few months making now the ideal time to update the guide and release a third edition. The 2nd edition was published in late 2013 and contained fairly minor updates. The design stayed the same but mistakes were corrected, grades tweaked and […]

Van Life on the Wild Atlantic Way

Richard Creagh is a landscape, adventure and wildlife photographer as well as the co-author of Exploring Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way. The year after the book was published he put his royalties to good use by buying a beautiful 1989 Volkswagen LT31. Now Richard and his girlfriend spend a lot of their free time travelling up […]

The true hidden gems of the Wild Atlantic Way – Sligo and Leitrim

When you see lists of Ireland’s hidden gems including the likes of the Cliff of Moher (which saw over 1.4 million visitors in 2016) then you know that the term ‘hidden gem’ has become a cliche and is in danger of losing all meaning. However that doesn’t meant that the 2500km of the Wild Atlantic […]